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Caroline O Beaudoin Helbing
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1868
Green Bay
Brown County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1952
Pope County
Minnesota, USA


Glenwood people were deeply grieved to learn late Wednesday evening, February 27, that Mrs. Caroline Helbing, wife of the late Fred Helbing, had passed away. Although past 83 years of age she had been in good health and had lived an active life up to the time of her sudden death which was caused by a heart ailment. Mrs. Helbing's life has been so closely interwoven with the growth of our city since the pioneer days that her sudden passing away became a personal loss to all.

Mrs. Helbing's maiden name was Caroline O. Bowdoin and she was born at Green Bay, Wisconsin on July 6, 1868. Her father, Nelson Bowdoin, a Civil War veteran, settled near Kranzburg, S.D. while the state was in the early pioneer days. As a young girl Mrs. Helbing remembered the terrible snow storms of 1880 and 1881 when no trains came to Watertown, S.D. for several months during the winter time. It was at Watertown that she received her early education in the city schools there.

She was married to Fred C. Helbing on March 2, 1886 and for a year they lived on the homestead which Mr. Helbing had taken. They then moved into Watertown, S.D. Next they stayed for a while at Big Stone City, S.D. In 1897 they came to Glenwood which was to be their permanent home. Here Mr. Helbing was engaged in various businesses including dray, livery, automobile sales, garage and farm machinery.

Mrs. Helbing took a very active part in the life of the community and especially in the Whittemore Circle No. 66 of the Ladies of the G.A.R. She held many important positions in this organization including that of Dept. Registrar and received state and national recognition for her outstanding work. She was the only person from this county to hold a state office in the G.A.R.

Mrs. Helbing traveled a great deal, attending the World Fair at Chicago in 1893 as well as the one at St. Louis in 1904. In 1933 she attended the Chicago World Fair and in 1939 at San Francisco, California. In 1910 she made a trip to Europe where she visited nine countries and had an audience with Pope Pius X at the Vatican City near Rome. She traveled a great deal on this continent visiting Canada and Alaska in 1927 and visited many of the National Encampments of the G.A.R., the last one in 1948 at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The advancing years touched Mrs. Helbing gently as she was active and alert and would not allow herself to grow old. In getting around, she was as brisk a walker as many who were 50 years younger. She had a keen sense of humor, was always friendly and neighborly and was held high in esteem of her large circle of friends. She was very much devoted to her family and when her daughters were away she kept up a constant correspondence relating to them the incidents of the city she loved so much. Mr. Helbing was one of the first organizers of the Catholic Church in Glenwood and helped build the first church in 1903. She lived to see the new church structure nearing completion and took an active interest in its progress.

Funeral services were held from the Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 o'clock on Monday, March 3. Rosary was held the previous evening at the Hoplin Funeral Home at 8:15. Rev. Harold Dimmerling conducted the services which were attended by many old friends and neighbors, the G.A.R. Circle attending in a body. She was laid to rest in the Calvary Catholic cemetery.

While Mrs. Helbing lay in state, she held in her hands a rosary, in the crucifix of which is a picture of the Last Supper in a magnified glass setting, which was blessed by Pope Pius X in Rome, Italy July 26, 1910, when she had an audience with the Holy Father and they conversed together in French. The Pope asked about her family and blessed her family and home. It is an interesting commentary that Pope Pius X referred to above has been recommended for sainthood which likely will take place next year. During this audience Mrs. Helbing received the Pope's picture which she had framed and it has hung by her radio for these many years as a great inspiration to her. She had prayed devotedly that his Holiness would be recommended for sainthood since to her his face was the most inspirational human face into which she had ever looked.

It is very comforting to the daughters and to Mrs. Helbing's friends that her last Christmas at home found her so happy in planning for the altar, reredos and Corpus, which is to be given to the new church under construction in memory of the Helbing family living and dead. She had watched the church grow from a little mission church under the inspired direction of Monsignor O'Connor of Sauk Centre, who she visited during Christmas, to the beautiful new church under the present priest, Rev. Harold Dimmerling.

Mrs. Helbing, the last member of a family of twelve children, is survived by her two daughters, Geneva Sophia Helbing, an instructor in the school at Lompoc, California and Cleora Caroline Helbing, of the Washington Staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Attending the funeral from a distance: Nelson Boadwine, oldest son of Oliver, Noel Boadwine, son of brother and wife Dorothy, who is a daughter of Mr. Helbing's brother, Mrs. Meta Schooley, niece of Mr. Helbing and husband Clive. Pope County Tribune, March 6, 1952
Family links: 
  Nelson Bodoin (1824 - 1881)
  Josette Carbaneau Bodoin (1831 - 1883)
  Fredrick Conrad Helbing (1864 - 1945)*
  Pierre Boadwine (1854 - 1922)*
  William Boudoin (1857 - 1881)*
  Frank Xavier Boadwine (1864 - 1950)*
  Oliver E Boadwine (1866 - 1941)*
  Caroline O Beaudoin Helbing (1868 - 1952)
  Mary Magdalene Beaudoin Lattimer (1873 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Pope County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: Jun 21, 2013
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Caroline O <i>Beaudoin</i> Helbing
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Caroline O <i>Beaudoin</i> Helbing
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Caroline O <i>Beaudoin</i> Helbing
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